How is my store affected?
The United Food & Commercial Workers union said in a statement that the walkout began in the afternoon.
More than 31,000 workers in Rhode Island and CT also walked off the job on Thursday at 1pm.
Workers walked off the job at about 1 p.m. Thursday.
As of 5:30 p.m., Brogan said, the majority affected stores have been reopened. National competitors like Walmart, Costco and Whole Foods/Amazon - non-union stores - have lower costs and access to lower prices, according to a press release put out by the company last month.
In the meantime, here's a map of all 134 Stop & Shop locations in MA.
She spoke by phone Thursday from a picket line outside the store.
It's unclear if all stores would have workers rallying outside.
The workers in Somerville held signs bearing messages such as "Please don't cross the line". In front of the Freeport Street location in Dorchester, some signs read, "Please respect our picket line!"More news: Exodus the Spyware that Passed as an iOS App
At the Stop & Shop in West Springfield, the supermarket reopened two hours after the strike was called with management as the only staff. What about the bank?
Local 1459 represents workers at the Stop & Shop on State Road and the stores on Dan Fox Drive and Merrill Road in Pittsfield.
"I can bring my actual business somewhere else, but I chose to stay here because of the benefits being so good", she said, "but without the benefits, then what's the company, you know?"
Several other people noted that Stop & Shop pharmacies seemed to be open in closed stores.
What if I scheduled a Peapod delivery?
"The men and women who make Stop & Shop a success have earned and deserve affordable health care, a good wage, and the ability to retire with dignity", the leaders of five locals said in an emailed statement.
How big of a deal is this? .
UFCW spokeswoman Amy Ritter earlier this week downplayed the buyout offer, claiming it would only be available to 1.29 percent of Stop & Shop's workforce in New England.
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However, the union hasn't exactly kept quiet about their concerns.
The union president said at that time that union leaders oppose the company's proposed contract change, which they said would cut wages, pensions, and health insurance.
White said her job helps support her two children, and for the most part, she's liked working for the company - until now.
The Massachusetts-based company, which is owned by a Dutch parent Ahold Delhaize, this week proffered what it said was a final offer in the talks. "We're going to take action". "We have given back things that we have earned", she said.
While Stop & Shop continues to propose drastic cuts in worker benefits, Ahold shareholders voted on April 10 to give themselves an 11.1 percent raise in dividends over a year ago. The expected payout on April 25 is expected to be about $880 million.
What is the company's stance?
Stop & Shop said it has "contingency plans in place to minimize disruption". Other issues include pension benefits and the use of automation in the company's stores.
Stop & Shop's most recent proposal would also require the average full-time employee to pay an additional $893 and the average part-time employee with employee-only coverage to pay an additional $603 in weekly health care premiums over three years.More news: China, Malaysia to resume East Coast rail for RM$44b